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Video: CBS wonders if Obamacare is bad for business

Via Real Clear Politics, I can’t believe CBS actually ran this story. The CBS reporter — I have no idea who he is since I rarely watch network news anymore — asks the following, brilliant (I’m sure in his mind) question:

Reporter: Do you think it will affect the number of people you hire?

The busines owner, John Rigos, responded thusly:

"It’ll likely affect the number of people we can hire," Rigos said… "It’ll probably have to reduce the staff to some degree, and again, focus on building smaller stronger team rather than being as aggressive in opening up new stores and creating new jobs," Rigos said.

Gee, ya think? The reporter appears incredulous that employers will be forced to cut payroll and slow expansion plans in order to comply with all the taxes and mandates being foisted upon them to pay for Obama’s massive new entitlement boondoggle. Moreover, thanks to Obama, many of those employers can also look forward to paying higher income taxes as well. Naturally, as part of their story, CBS is compelled to ask Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm’s bother, who’s most famous for his infamous "complete lives system" rationing theory, what he thinks about the exploding health care costs Obamacare is responsible for. His response:

"Near term, we’re going to see some blip in some costs, but I think actually when we rearrange costs and make it more efficient, we’re actually going to see, I think, costs moderate.

Great news. I’ll certainly sleep easier tonight knowing that the 55 – 85% insurance premium increases in my state caused by Obamacare are just a "blip" which will soon be "moderated" by Obamacare. This is exactly what we’d expect to hear from a guy who’s never run a business and has no idea how and why costs are allocated. The government’s going to "rearrange costs" to make them less efficient now and more efficient later. Of course. There must be dozens of examples of government entities he can cite which are shining models of efficiency: the Post Office, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Social Security Administration, FEMA, Steven Chu’s Department of Energy, Congress — the examples are endless.

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